Lecture by Greg D. Cohen: Grupo Anarquitectura (rama argentina)
Talk / Lecture
6:00 to 7:00
Wed, June 3, 2020

In conjunction with the Fowler’s UCLA centennial exhibition, The Map and the Territory, artist and long-term REASArch associate, Greg Cohen, will outline some of the historical, aesthetic, and conceptual contours of Grupo Anarquitectura (rama argentina): a clandestine collective of artists, engineers, architects, and activists working either within or alongside the institutional structures of the military junta. 

The Grupo Anarquitectura project is an ongoing visual research initiative derived in part from a troubled fascination with the remnants of several large-scale infrastructure initiatives begun and later abandoned by Argentina’s last military dictatorship (1976 to 1983). The undertaking also contemplates certain ideas and practices traditionally associated with the work of American artist Gordon Matta-Clark and the so-called Anarchitecture Group, a short-lived avant-garde collective connected to Matta-Clark and active in New York City for a very brief period in 1973 and early 1974. The Grupo Anarquitectura venture conjures an alternative history, whereby the emergence and rapid demise of the New York group coincided with the parallel activities of multiple “anarchitectural” endeavors around the globe. Chief among these was a clandestine South American permutation, or “Argentine branch,” of the Anarchitecture Group, comprised of artists, engineers, architects, urban planners, and political militants working either within, or tangentially to, the institutional structures of the military junta. The Grupo Anarquitectura in Argentina forged sui generis, often highly idiosyncratic “anarchitectural precepts,” ultimately to transform them into a radical anti-functionalist aesthetics and a system of “constructive sabotage” and “speculative incompletion.”

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd
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